Will Skype Booths Be the Next New Airport Trend?
Oooh! A possible new airport trendbeyond that of fancy-pants water fountains, this is. PC Mag is reporting that Tallinn, Estonia's airport has installed the first airport Skype booth, where travelers can video chat, from the confines of the terminal, back to their loved ones.
Estonia was chosen to debut the technology because, apparently, it's where Skype began. You learn something new every day...
Just as with regular Skype on your computer or phone, you'll just have to sign into your account using a 22-inch touchscreen, use your Skype credits, and call whoever, wherever, whenever. Unlike with your computer, there's a few extra tech features built into this booth:
A sensor of the floor detects when someone is in the booth and it's enclosed behind a wall to help maintain privacy. There's also a headset included to keep others from eavesdropping on your conversations.
It's a cute idea, sure, but we can't envision it being expanded to many more airports. Like with regular phone booths, there's a high possibility that these could get junked up real fast, and who's going to monitor the calls? Not to sound prudish, but you know video calling is a gateway for video...other things.
[Photo: Enterprise Estonia/PC Mag]